Lets talk female private part hygiene. Is there a ‘right way’ to clean the private parts? The v**ina?
Generally speaking, the female private parts include skin folds (outer and inner lips), the clitoral hood + the cli**ris, and the openings to the urethra and the v**ina.
A lot to clean, right? Not really.
The v**ina itself is self cleaning (!) and you should leave it alone unless instructed by your healthcare provider to douche; the rest can be easily maintained following the tips below.
Women with vaginismus – painful spasmodic contraction of the v**ina in response to physical contact or pressure (esp. in s*xual intercourse) – do your best to try the following; if nothing else, it will be a good exercise in beginning to own your private parts!
- Install a hand-held shower to better rinse off the area. If not possible, use a spray bottle.
- Never use hot water on the private parts so as to avoid over-drying and chafing irritations. You can take your shower as hot as you wish but turn the water to warm when rinsing the private parts.
- Best to use a neutral or hypoallergenic soap to avoid irritations caused by fragrances and/or other chemicals in the soap. However, feel free to use any soap you like when washing the rest of your body.
- No need to scrub the area. Apply a bit of (neutral/hypoallergenic) soap on your hand, lightly soap between the private part lips (not inside the v**ina) and rinse. If using the soap makes the private parts burn, use warm water for a few days before trying again, and/or try another soap.
- Pat dry the area when you towel off and just leave it alone.
- Cleaning after intercourse, Some women prefer to shower and rinse out the private part lips afterward while some prefer to rinse out the v**ina. For that purpose, use a douche bottle, fill it with lukewarm water, insert into the v**ina and rinse out. NEVER use scented or medicinal products unless instructed by your doctor.
- Final note: it is common to find residue in the private parts: toilet paper dust/pieces, sloughed dry skin, leftover ointment/medications, etc. If left accumulated they may cause skin irritation. Use a mirror and take a look at your private parts every 2-3 months to ensure good hygiene.